The 48th annual American Music Awards last night in Los Angeles celebrated music fans favorite artists and pop culture icons who are breaking barriers as they enter the new contemporary music scene. Groundbreaking achievements, fashion, political statements and celebrity shade were the highlights of the night, with the red carpet being the beginning of it all. To recap the fashion statements of the largest fan-voted awards show, VALLEY has compiled a list of the must-see looks of the night.
Taylor Swift stole the night in a metallic Balmain body-con minidress and matching thigh-high boots with cap-toes. Swift’s silver ensemble is part of Balmain’s Episode collection which celebrates a “rebellious” spirit rightfully matching her era of embracing a bold reputation. Swift also wore Ofira earrings and a Lorraine Schwartz black snake ring. Swift took the stage multiple times following her fiery opening performance of “I Did Something Bad,” taking home a total of four awards, setting a new record for most wins by a female with 23 overall thus surpassing Whitney Houston.
Camilla Cabello strutted the red carpet in a black jewel-encrusted corset with tailored black slacks and platform pumps. Cabello lead the night with tour-mate Taylor Swift with four trophies, Best New Artist being her largest win. Cabello also performed her new single “Consequences” alongside a beautiful orchestra, announcing her new music video directed by Dylan Sprouse which was released today.
Kelsea Ballerini, nominated for Favorite Female Artist-Country, dazzled the crowd in a Nicholas Jebran black and yellow sequined blazer minidress with a low-cut neckline and bedazzled cinch at the waist.
Moriah Rose Pereira, known as Poppy, floated the occasion in an avant-garde fluffy pink gown having a sheer stomach panel and plunging neckline. Poppy also paired sheer black tights, stiletto pumps and a bold balaclava face mask to complete her ensemble.
Dua Lipa walked the red carpet in a delicate off-the-shoulder Giambattista Valli ivory gown that cinched at her knees completing a mermaid style silhouette. Lipa gave her look a twist with a Cartier necklace resembling a nail and a bright yellow manicure to top it off.
Jennifer Lopez wowed paparazzi in a hot-pink Georges Chakra gown with a plunging neckline, side cutouts, a sexy thigh-high slit and flowing cape. J.Lo never fails to slay the red carpet and the AMA’s were no exception, especially when it came to her performance later on in the night. Lopez performed her new raw and powerful ballad, “Limitless,” from her film “Second Act” leaving the audience with a powerful message of the need for change and motivation.
Cardi B returned to the AMA’s this year as both a record-breaking female rapper and mother. Cardi arrived in a vibrant and voluminous floral gown by Dolce & Gabbana with matching headdress and floral pumps. She further accessorized with oversized golden floral earrings. After her win for Favorite Artist-Rap/Hip-Hop, she took over the stage with a Latin-inspired performance of her single “I Like It” with partners J Balvin and Bad Bunny.
Rita Ora looked stunning as she effortlessly displayed her figure in her black Giambattista Valli gown. With dark floral details and elegant straps hanging down her shoulders, the gown took a fishtail design. Ora also paired Sophia Webster shoes and subtle metallic jewelry with her gown, completing her incredible look.
Tracee Ellis Ross
Traces Ellis Ross, hostess of the AMA’s now two years in a row, wore an ensemble from Pyer Moss’ recent runway. Ross chose a boxy black and peach SS19 RTW suit to sport during her red carpet appearance.
Amber Heard looked elegant in a shimmering gold Ralph & Russo strapless gown with tulle plumes.
Amara La Negra
Amara La Negra dazzled the crowd in a plunging metallic blue suit with a long tailcoat and shoulder pads.
Amy Renee Noonan, known by her stage name Qveen Herby, stunned in a see-through mesh gown covered in floral appliqués.